Category Archives: New Evangelization

Chicago’s New Evangelization

In Chicago, there’s a new man in town: Archbishop Elect Blase Cupich. Since the announcement of his appointment to succeed Francis Cardinal George, American Catholics have been buzzing about him almost non-stop. Some have called him America’s Pope Francis. While he has created a veritable storm of media excitement, he’s also gotten Catholics thinking and talking about the future [...]

At Synod14, the Pope Has the Last Word

      The just-concluded Synod on the Family at the Vatican has proven to be as contentious and fraught with drama as any large family gathering, complete with squabbles, loose talk and finger-pointing (mostly from the Synod’s chattiest and most self-aggrandizing attendee, Germany’s Cardinal Kasper) not to mention questionable reporting, some sensible opining and a [...]

Who is Trying to Rig Synod14?

I ask the question in my headline because of reports like this from Edward Pentin in the National  Catholic  Register: “More and more there is talk in Rome that this synod is being engineered by groups intent on steering the Church in a heterodox direction, and increasingly evidence is coming to light that points to it. The first [...]

What the Synod Relatio Didn’t Say (And How It Didn’t Say It)

Once again, the Vatican has tripped over the English language and landed in a heap of trouble. Late in 2013, I posted a pair of articles at Breitbart.com dealing with issues surrounding the Vatican’s official English-language translation of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”). Click here and here for them, [...]

Prayers For Hunting

Autumn is in full swing, and that means a lot of good things are happening:  football and tailgating…raking leaves and wearing sweaters…hot cider and cinnamon donuts. Mmm, donuts. And for millions of Americans, autumn means something else besides the cranberry scones and the pumpkin spice lattes. It means hunting season. Books could be written (books [...]

10 Things That Would Not Exist if Atheists Were Right

1. Tolerance Tolerance can only exist if truth exists. If moral relativism is right — if “my truth” and “your truth” are equally valid, and there is no absolute truth we both have to seek — then the only way we can settle differences is by force. The strongest will win, not the truest. Tolerance [...]

The Cutest Thing You Will See All Day

  No, all week. At a school in the Diocese of Lincoln, the students recently celebrated the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux by dressing up as the Little Flower. Bishop Conley, pastor extraordinaire and recent guest columnist at Catholic Vote, was on hand to celebrate Mass for the students, and then stuck around for [...]

UPDATED: What I Saw at the O.C. Catholic Prayer Breakfast at Christ Cathedral

More to come on all this, but here’s a taste of what I saw Wednesday and Thursday when I visited the former Crystal Cathedral campus in Garden Grove, California (not far from Disneyland), for the annual Orange County Catholic Prayer Breakfast. Wednesday night, I and a fellow ‘vert (a convert in this case, not a [...]

Curing New Evangelization Fatigue

If there is any such thing as divine justice, the epitaph carved into my tombstone will read “Copywriter for the New Evangelization.” I’m only half-joking. Over the past decade, I’ve written more about the Church’s call to reignite the Catholic Faith in the West than I can even begin to recall. I’ve ghostwritten not one…not [...]


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